Book review: Ditching the Drive-thru: How to Pass Up Processed Foods, Buy Farm Fresh, and Transform Your Family’s Eating Habits on a Modern Mom’s Schedule by J. Natalie Winch


Book Details:

Book Title:  Ditching the Drive-Thru: How to Pass Up Processed Foods, Buy Farm Fresh, and Transform Your Family’s Eating Habits on a Modern Mom’s Schedule by J. Natalie Winch 
Category:  Adult non-fiction,192 pages
Genre:  Healthy Living / Food
Publisher:  Spikehorn Press
Release date:  September 2015
Available for review in:  Print, ebook (mobi for Kindle), ePUB, PDF
Will send print books:  USA & Canada
Tour dates:  Nov 9 to December 11, 2015
Content Rating:  G

Book Description:  

After an exhausting day at work, hitting the drive-thru or nuking a pre-fab meal is all too often the go-to decision for feeding a family. Cooking a meal from scratch using fresh ingredients can seem beyond the average person’s time, energy, or financial means. But with mounting evidence pointing to processed food and our industrial food system as the culprits behind many of our nation’s health problems—including obesity, diabetes, and cancer—it’s now more important than ever to be fully informed about what goes on your family’s dinner plates.

If you’re ready to take control of your food choices but don’t know the difference between grass-fed versus grain-fed, pastured versus free-range, or organic versus sustainable, read this book to discover:

• How to create your own thirty-month plan to convert your family from junk food to real food, without a revolt!

• Recipes and advice on planning and prepping meals so you can make homecooked a habit for your family

• Instructions for getting the most out of produce using techniques such as lacto-fermentation, dehydrating, and canning

•  introduction to the world of farm-direct sales, including tips on locating local farms, seeing through marketing buzzwords, and shopping with CSAs Ditching the Drive-Thru exposes the insidious hold the commercial food industry has taken over the fast-paced lives of the average American and the danger these processed foods and diet plans pose to our health, environment, and emotional wellbeing.

Learn how to break free from the grind and return to a simpler relationship with food from farmers, not factories, and home-cooked meals that are created in your kitchen, not on a conveyor belt.

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J. Natalie Winch author pic

Meet the author:   

J. Natalie Winch lives in southern New Jersey, not far from where she grew up, with her husband, two children, and dogs. When she isn’t mothering, teaching, grading, or making lesson plans, Natalie runs the Hebrew School at her synagogue, coaches soccer, teaches lacto-fermentation classes, writes the occasional entry for her blog Food Empowerment (, and fights the dust bunnies that threaten to take over her family room.

Connect with the author:   Website 

More and more people these days feel challenged by the kitchen.  The popularity of cooking shows has grown in inverse proportion to the number of people who actually cook.  In a sense, cooking has become a spectator sport.

Although I try to eat as healty as possible, I didn’t realize how ignorant I was with respect to the different terminologies describing food culture. For example, what is the difference between the the term “organic” and “all-natural”. What does GMO mean? What exactly does “processed” mean?

Chapter 5 – Making Informed Choices deals with produce, eggs, dairy, meat and fish and how they are controlled by the different industries and associations.

Chapter 7 – Agri-Cabulary explains how to buy healthy meat.

I really enjoyed the chapter on “Corporate Marketing Manipulation”. This chapter explains, amongst other things, the political connection between the government and the FDA or USDA. It also explains food layout in grocery stores, why processed foods are all up and down the aisles while fresh foods are displayed around the perimeter of the store.

The author has given me much “food for thought”. The book is easy to understand (although not exhaustive) and includes a 30 month plan to implement healthier living practices into your lifestyle, easy recipes, how to stock your pantry and how to find a farmer that produces quality food that you can develop a long-term relationship with.

I am going to pass this on to my friends, and will definitely be more pro-active in the way I shop and eat.


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